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Tycho / on Fri, Dec 18 2015 at 10:53 am

It is really weird that there is a new Star Wars movie out!  And they are just going to keep coming now.  “There is another” hitting around next year around this time.  I barely know what to do with this information, and even the information I do have is porous.  I know that in The Force Awakens there is some kind of lightsaber person and one of the robots is round.  That’s basically the state of play.  It doesn’t seem like a lot to hang a movie on, but who knows.

Brenna and I attempted to catalyze a lifelong fascination with Stellar Conflict last Friday, with a preparatory viewing of what young people parsed as Episode Eye Vee, and halfway through it my son was begging me to let him go upstairs and read.  Obviously, I can’t be mad at him for that.  But what might have seemed languorous or exotic about the pacing of the first movie just seems slow to people growing up now; even their ringtones are invigorating.

Gabriel The Younger is still resistant to the old ways, a dynamic I tried to illuminate for his father earlier.  He will no doubt endure it to please his parents, and it will have all the thrills and emotional resonance of a child interminably practicing cursive.  Gabriel the Elder suggested that for kids today, their Star Wars is actually Guardians of the Galaxy, which I thought depicted an interesting phenomenon.  Maybe each Generation has a “Star Wars” that isn’t necessarily “Star Wars,” though I’m sure Disney would prefer a certain level of standardization.

As someone who explicitly determines what I like based on how many other people like it and how far it has encroached into the Universal Consciousness, this kind of full court press - which I understand is term derived from sport - mirrors the immortal Force, in that I feel both surrounded and penetrated by it.

Star Wars-ism this time around, as a function of its integration into every frame of every advertisement on Earth, is making the needle writhe and ping in the hype-ometer.  I even like this shit and there are concerns about the density.  I don’t doubt that there is some kind of Star Wars tampon available, right by the Cool Ranch or Zesty Nacho tampons.

Maybe those aren’t kinds; I don’t use a lot of tampons.

(CW)TB out.

Gabe / on Wed, Dec 16 2015 at 12:13 pm

@ Jerry Holkins

Merry Christmas.

(Big Version)

I’d prefer we not speak of this.

-Gabe out

Tycho / on Wed, Dec 16 2015 at 12:13 pm

According to The Compact struck between Brenna and I, we must venture over the frozen Devil’s Teeth every other year to the hated Spokane, a corruption of Sa Pako Chaon which in the Bureaucratic Mode of the Mid-Hell tongue means “That Place Which Is Arguably Worse Than Other Places.”

At the Perimeter of that cracked and accursed rectum, men with three-eyed, hope sniffing dogs on leashes of cold iron prowl up and down the line of cars, for the second jaw of these “dogs” - the Dream Jaw - is never satisfied.  It doesn’t open so much as it unfurls.  They can use it to eat the part of a child that still believes in Santa.

I think I tried to soften it last time for some reason, no doubt as the result of some surplus holiday cheer, or the cloudy, tan liquor they ferment in the heat of their own mouths.  There are probably worse places, but I don’t know of them.  I’m just allowing for the possibility.

It’s a complete paradox.  There are a lot of really singular people there, just top drawer human stock, but the town which has accreted around them is evil.  There’s something wrong with it that can’t be enunciated but is instinctively recognizable.  I meet people who are from there also, and eventually escaped, and there’s a look you pass each other in that moment of realization; a second where you see their spirit flicker out.

Hey!  So, we sold through the Push Fight stock we had on hand, and we have more coming, but Brian was worried that trying to do some kind of presale this close to Christmas would just be stressful for all parties.  So!  They’ll be going back up on New Year’s Eve if you want to come in at the end of an incredibly weird story.

(CW)TB out.

Tycho / on Mon, Dec 14 2015 at 1:57 pm

Cliff Bleszinski At PAX South

One index of the esteem I hold Cliff Bleszinski in is that I can spell his last name without looking it up.  He has been making games of one kind or another since basically forever.  And, having spent more than a decade now in one long, perpetually interesting time, we’re going to check in with him at the PAX South Storytime and see what’s going on with him these days.

I’ll see you down there.


Tycho / on Mon, Dec 14 2015 at 11:26 am

I mean, yeah; from a purely numerical standpoint the Child’s Play Charity Dinner And Auction was a roaring success, with just under two hundred thousand dollars raised in a night.  This must be considered a joy spigot.  But upon the completion of our noble labors, it occurred to Gribz that he might wring out a few more bucks from people by having me remove my coat and perform a little dance that has been called “by turns sad and terrifying” and “the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.”

A long time ago, I came into the possession of a fairly nondescript white box with a sticker on it that said Push Fight.  I knew that it was a dedicated effort, because there was an exclamation point at the end of Fight, surely an indicator of business at a certain threshold of seriousness.

I think the game’s substrate was made out of pressboard, oddly shaped, possibly having arrived in a prophetic vision.  It was so special, though.  It’s a two player game, and both light and dark in this equation have two pieces with a round ball and three pieces with cubes on top.  Your turn consists of two parts - you move twice, and then push with one of the cubed pieces.  once you push, you place an “anchor” atop the piece that pushed, and it becomes unpushable terrain.  If you manage to push off a single opponent piece, you win.  Okay, but seriously.  Check out this awesome, earnest video from the creator, clearly transferred to YouTube from an ancient VHS tape:

The grainy, wobbling video clearly places this entire thing into the continuum of the Urban Legend, but it’s all true.  I really did get this weird game out of nowhere, fall in love with it, and work with him to make a definitive version of his game.  We have been working on this for literal years.  I was very nervous to do it, but I did record a quick rules video:

And a richer, fuller video with gameplay here:

I love this game.  I love that this Jiu-Jitsu dude made it in his garage, and I love that we can honor his idea with a beautifully made version.  I love that it’s emblazoned with Levin’s work, the last thing he did here before leaving to greener pastures.  I love the idea that people will open this up over the holidays, learn it or teach it in a minute, and then play it for years.

I am so happy to type this: our exquisite, Limited Edition run of Push Fight is available on the store now.

(CW)TB out.

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